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Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry

Course Overview

This course provides a broad overview of the cosmetics and personal care industry and the role of cosmetic chemistry in the formulation of its products. It is designed with the beginning cosmetic chemist in mind, however, the information presented will also be useful for other groups, as well, including: quality assurance chemists, experienced scientists who want to learn about other areas of formulation, scientists in related industries, college students studying chemistry, and marketing or sales personnel who would benefit from a primer covering the chemistry of their products.

The course has also been updated to include the use of AI tools to aid formulators.

Course Outline

The Cosmetics Industry 

  • Introduction to the industry
  • Basic physiology of skin and hair            
  • Industry jargon and nomenclature
  • Tools of the trade               

Key Raw Materials & Vehicles

  • Surfactants, emollients, humectants,, polymers preservatives fragrances, colors            
  • Emulsions, aerosols, gels, sticks        

Product Development

  • Formulation techniques
  • Idea generation

Product Testing    

  • Quality control testing
  • Product performance testing
  • Claims substantiation testing



  • $460 - SCC Member
  • $595 - Non-Member
  • $275 – SCC Junior or Student Member

Instructor: Perry Romanowski

Format: In-Person

Tuesday, April 30, 2024
(9:00am - 5:00pm ET)

During NYSCC Suppliers' Day


Jacob Javits Center 
429 11th Ave
New York, NY 10001

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This course will take place on April 30, 2024, the day before the NYSCC Suppliers' Day Exhibition Show (May 1-2, 2024). You can register for this course by selecting it as an add-on option during the regular registration process for NYSCC Suppliers' Day. If you are an active SCC member, you will be asked to enter your SCC Member ID # and your Last Name in order to qualify for SCC member pricing. You can see your SCC Member ID # (next to your name) by logging in to the SCC website and viewing your User Home page.

NOTE: If you have already registered for NY Suppliers' Day, you can login to the event website and click on "Add Sessions" to add this CEP course to your order.

Note: companies registering 5+ SCC members for this course receive $25 off per registration. Companies registering 10+ SCC members for this course receive $50 off per registration. Discounted group registrations need to occur during the same online transaction. If you would like to submit a group registration of 5+ or 10+, or have any other questions about this event, please contact SCC Headquarters Staff.

Registration price includes breakfast and lunch, as well as a selection of coffee and other beverages throughout the day. View our CEP Course Pricing and Refund Policy.

About the Instructor

Perry Romanowski

Perry Romanowski is the Vice President of Element 44 Inc, which is a cosmetic science consulting firm specializing in instructing people how to formulate cosmetics. Additionally, he runs a popular website which focuses on topics useful to cosmetic chemists.  He has numerous publications to his credit including Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry.  He earned a degree in Chemistry from DePaul University and also studied Biochemistry. He is an active member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and was formerly the President of the National SCC.